Star of the Sea, Castlebay, The Isle of Barra. HS9 5XD.
Phone 01871 810267
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Bhileag 25th October 2020

Sunday & Weekday Masses: to attend any Mass you must contact Canon John Paul to see if there is availability at Mass. Please phone, text or email Canon John Paul.  If the weekend Masses are busy you could try and attend Mass through the week. Please try and get in touch with Canon John Paul sooner rather than later about attending Mass.  It makes things easier if there are “household bubbles” who can sit together on a pew. So think about if you can sit with someone and use that space in the church.  As always if you feel uncomfortable about going back to Church just now during this Coronavirus pandemic -then please don’t go. If you have any hesitation the simple answer is to stay at home and continue to watch Mass online. There is no pressure to go.

The Bishops of Scotland have still suspended the Sunday Obligation of going to Mass for the time being.

Face Coverings must be worn at every Mass now. If you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing one, that’s fine. Also those under 5 do not need to wear a covering.

If you feel you have any symptoms of COVID-19– like a new continuous cough; a high fever; loss or change in sense of smell or taste then please DO NOT go to Church- instead stay home & isolate.


Funeral: we pray for the repose of the soul of Rita MacInnes of Eoligarry who peacefully passed away on Tuesday 27th October at the age of 73 after a year long illness. Rita’s Requiem Mass is on Friday 30th October at 2pm in St. Vincent’s in Eoligarry and after the Mass Rita will be laid to rest in Eoligarry graveyard. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


Recent Baptism: we warmly welcome into the family of the  Church ELISE JANE MacNEIL who was baptised last Sunday 18th March in Our Lady of the Waves & St. John on Vatersay. We wish Elise and her parents Daniel and Stephanie  and the Godparents every health, peace and happiness. May God bless them all.


October is the Month of the Rosary: the month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Let us pray during this month of October a Holy Rosary each day for our islands and our families and loved ones to be kept safe from the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Month of the Holy Souls: The Month of November begins next Sunday and it is the month we offer important prayers for the Holy Souls- praying for all our deceased family, relatives and friends. November is a very important month in which the Church encourages us all to offer special prayers to lead all souls to heaven. If you wish to remember any deceased family during the month of November, please write their names down on the “November Dead List” and to place the list in the “Holy Souls envelopes” and to also place an offering. Those names you write down will be remembered at all the Masses in November.

In a Special way this year the church wishes to remember those who have died during this pandemic. Remembering those who have  lost a loved one during the pandemic, remembering those who could not say their final good bye because of the various restrictions. This Pandemic has been a very difficult and painful time for many grieving families. Let us pray during the month of November to the risen Lord to help us pray for those souls close to us so that they may forever enjoy the paradise of heaven.


Remembrance Sunday Service: this year because of COVID-19 the usual service at the war memorial is cancelled. Instead there will be a short service for a small group of people on Sunday 8th November who will lay their wreaths at the war memorial at 10.55am and then at 11am there will be a 2 minute silence.


Parish financial support: Sunday Masses have resumed and Canon John Paul is very grateful to all those parishioners who are able to give financial support to the parish through their Sunday Collection. Of course there are many who are not able to go to Mass and maybe they would like to support their parish by setting by a standing order though the bank with their parish.

RCD Argyll & the Isles Castlebay Mission     Account No: 65627538     Sort Code 839125    Coop Bank

RCD Argyll & the Isles Northbay Mission      Account No: 65628061    Sort Code 839125    Coop Bank



Mon 26th Oct….No Mass                             

Tues 27th Oct…. 10.00am   EOLIGARRY      

Wed 28th Oct… 12 Noon   CRAIGSTON    

Thur 29th Oct….10.00am  NORTHBAY    

Fri 30th Oct….2.00pm EOLIGARRY      

Sat 31st  Oct…..No Mass                            



31st OCTOBER  & 1st NOVEMBER  2020

Solemnity of All Saints

Saturday Vigil Masses

4pm  &  6pm  CRAIGSTON

Sunday Masses

9.30am   NORTHBAY

11.30am  CASTLEBAY